[Interest] Indie Mobil Program terminated?

John C. Turnbull ozemale at ozemail.com.au
Fri Jul 10 23:03:30 CEST 2015

Well you can continue to discredit all my ideas but the point is that if Qt
drops the Indie license and makes single developers, small or moderate sized
businesses pay $350 per month to use Qt, you can pretty much say goodbye to
the majority of Qt developers and cry tears of blood as they flock to
competing products.

Somehow, all Qt developers need to get access to the particular features and
platforms they need (which may be one or two or every feature, device and
platform) at a price that they can sustainably afford or they simply won't
use it.

-----Original Message-----
From: interest-bounces+ozemale=ozemail.com.au at qt-project.org
[mailto:interest-bounces+ozemale=ozemail.com.au at qt-project.org] On Behalf Of
Thiago Macieira
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2015 6:43 AM
To: interest at qt-project.org
Subject: Re: [Interest] Indie Mobil Program terminated?

On Saturday 11 July 2015 05:58:19 John C. Turnbull wrote:
> That's why you don't charge anywhere near $350/month/developer.  
> That's the whole problem I am trying to solve.  Most indie, small and 
> moderate businesses simply can't afford that.

But you're not only not solving it, you're making the problem worse by
including the commercial licence that big companies would use in the mix.
The price of $350/month/developer is not accidental. There's a huge cost in
supporting the Qt development and support engineers working for an entire
year in high cost countries like Germany and Norway.

> But if you charge them something much, much less for a commercial 
> license and then Qt recoups its costs from a small slice of royalties, 
> everyone is happy!

Trust me, it's been tried. Big companies like royalties even less than large
price tags. An upfront cost is something you can budget for. A cost that you
won't know until you actually ship devices because it depends on a number
you don't know (the shipment volume) is hard to model.

> The in-house license would be more expensive per month but would 
> mostly be used by larger corporations.

Except the larger ones that actually sell software or devices.

Thiago Macieira - thiago.macieira (AT) intel.com
  Software Architect - Intel Open Source Technology Center

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